Outdoor Learning Resources

Learning about the natural world in London

London is one of the greenest cities in the world and is the first city to be designated as a National Park City. 

Most boroughs have large green spaces within them, places where you can find peace and immerse yourself in woodland. Many boroughs have environmental centres, ecology centres or city farms...

In compiling this directory  we haven’t attempted to duplicate what’s available elsewhere but rather to draw your attention to some great outdoor learning resources inside the M25.

We’ve provided a particular focus on Islington, our home borough (and incidentally the borough with the least open access green space in the whole country) because we know it well.

There are 135 parks or green spaces in Islington and we’ve visited them all.  Indeed we teach in thirteen of them. We’ve provided a list of some of our favourites.

We also include online resources that can support learning outdoors.

Green Space

Abney Park Cemetery

Abney Park was the first designated local nature reserve in Hackney. The cemetery is going through a big restoration project which will improve their facilities and boost their biodiversity.

This is a great spot to find fungi, as there’s plenty of ancient rotting wood around.

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Green Space

Ashtead Common

National Nature Reserve to visit for woodland, history and rare wildlife. Open all year round and easily accessed by public transport.

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Islington Green Space

Barnard Park

Good areas for gathering and exploring, trees to climb. Big pitch in middle but generally unused in school hours.

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Green Space

Beckenham Place Park

Beckenham Place Park boasts scenery of outstanding beauty. The park is home to a lake and ancient woodland and, unusually for an urban park, it features various listed buildings which are being renovated and brought back to life.

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Green Space

Brompton Cemetery

Brompton is not only one of the ‘Magnificent Seven’ cemeteries established in the 19th century but also a great place to explore the hidden world of invertebrates.
Simply follow The Spider Stroll…

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Online Resource

Bug Life

Buglife is the only organisation in Europe devoted to the conservation of all invertebrates. We’re actively working to save our rarest little animals, everything from bees to beetles, worms to woodlice and jumping spiders to jellyfish.

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Green Space

Burnham Beeches and Stoke Common

Burnham Beeches and Stoke Common are located in Buckinghamshire to the West of London and are registered charities.

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Green Space
Deer in Bushy Park

Bushy Park

Bushy Park is the second-largest Royal Park in London and it houses an incredible range of wildlife and habitats.

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Green Space

Camley Street Natural Park

Albeit small, this hidden oasis by the canal next to Kings Cross offers diverse woodland, grassland and wetland habitats including ponds, reedbed and marshy areas, providing a rich habitat for birds, butterflies, amphibians and plant life.

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